The Maryland men’s soccer team is on the road again, this time faced with a tough conference battle against No. 4 Indiana on Friday night.
The Terps (4-4-3, 2-2) are coming off a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Georgetown on Monday, when the two teams went into two overtimes but neither could find the back of the net after 110 minutes of play.
Senior midfielder Amar Sejdic finished with five shots, three on-goal, contributing to Maryland’s total of 14 shots. Senior forward Sebastian Elney had two shots, including a header that went just wide right of the goal late in the second half.
Though a tough pill to swallow for the Terps’ offense, the draw can be seen as a small victory for the Terps’ defense and redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.
The Terps defense, led by juniors Donovan Pines and Johannes Burgmann, was key to keeping the Georgetown attack from scoring on its 21 shot attempts. It was a bounceback performance from letting two goals in against Michigan State last Friday.
St. Clair tallied seven saves against Georgetown and kept forward Derek Dodson’s three shots on goal from reaching the back of the net.
The draw marked the third 0-0 overtime draw for the Terps this season, and their fifth match that has gone into overtime periods.
Though the Terps will be looking to get a win in regulation, history is not on their side.
The last four matches between Indiana and Maryland have ended in draws, including a 0-0 draw last season.
And since entering the Big Ten, Maryland only has one win over the Hoosiers and is 2-3-6 all-time.
Indiana (10-2-0, 4-0) is carrying momentum from their 1-0 road win over No. 14 Michigan on Sunday, in which senior defender Rece Buckmaster scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Griffin Dorsey.
The Hoosiers’ sophomore goalkeeper Trey Muse notched his fifth solo shutout of the season in their fourth conference win. Indiana has not gone 5-0 to start conference play since 2002.
Last year’s national championship runner ups has outscored its opponents 26-8, and is averaging 2.17 goals per game. The Hoosiers’ scoring is led by senior defender Andrew Gutman, who has six goals and four assists. Senior midfielder Trevor Swartz leads the team in assists with eight so far this season.
The Terps and Hoosiers will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and the match will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
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